Smithsonian Art Works Moved to Corcoran Gallery of Art

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The Board of Regents authorizes Secretary Joseph Henry to deposit in the Corcoran Art Gallery any works of art belonging to the Institution, as approved by the Executive Committee. The Corcoran Art Gallery had opened to the public on January 19. The Smithsonian's first transfer of paintings, statuary, engravings, and books on art took place on February 13, 1874.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Board of Regents
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Photograph of Corcoran Gallery of Art, late nineteenth century. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number SIA2008-2351.
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds. The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 11, January 1866-December 1878: The Smithsonian Years. Washington, D.C.: Science History Publications, 2007, pp. 471, 473, 474.
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., pp. 324, 838.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1873, p. 157 (
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1874, pp. 44, 65 (
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, pp. 41-42 (

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 26, 1874


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